Annie’s Fun and McCain Foods Make Major Donation to Ronald McDonald House Charities(R) of Chicagoland & Northwest Indiana

August 11, 2010

CHICAGO, Aug. 11 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — At a recent special reception (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mg3ZuHiZl-M) in Chicago, Annie’s Fun and McCain Foods USA announced a major donation to Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Chicagoland & Northwest Indiana (RMHC®-CNI).

During the presentation at the reception, Blaine Hirai, (Chair of Annie’s Fun), and Tim Nevins (Vice President of McCain Food’s U.S. McDonald’s Business Unit) jointly presented a check to Doug Porter, Executive Director of the RMHC®-CNI (http://picasaweb.google.com/109871738078417495055/080210AnnieSFunAndMcCainFoodsSpecialReceptionInChicagoWithTheRMHCCNI#5503508364494168610). The donation is part of a two-year commitment by Annie’s Fun and McCain Foods to build a room in a new Ronald McDonald House that will be constructed in Chicago.

Nestled among four world-class hospitals, the new Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Prentice Women’s Hospital and the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, this House will serve as a haven of comfort, compassion and hope for families who travel from all parts of the globe to provide their children the finest health care.

“We are thrilled that Annie’s Fun and McCain Foods are supporting our campaign to build the new Ronald McDonald House near Lurie Children’s Hospital,” said Doug Porter, the Chief Executive Officer of RMHC-CNI. “We are very fortunate to have organizations like McCain Foods and Annie’s Fun who are committed to helping families.”

In addition, special awards were presented by Blaine Hirai of Annie’s Fun and Doug Porter of the RMHC-CNI to Wai Ling Eng of the Asian-American McDonald’s Operators Association (AMOA) and Kevin Bradley, Director of Diversity of McDonald’s USA (http://picasaweb.google.com/109871738078417495055/080210AnnieSFunAndMcCainFoodsSpecialReceptionInChicagoWithTheRMHCCNI#5503508355628385586), respectively, in appreciation of their outstanding efforts to support and promote Ronald McDonald House® Charities of Chicagoland & Northwest Indiana.

Approximately 30 people attended the special reception, including senior representatives of McDonald’s, the RMHC®-CNI, the AMOA, McCain Foods USA and Annie’s Fun.


The mission of Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana (RMHC®-CNI) is to improve the health, well-being and education of children through our core programs. The Houses provide a “home away from home” to keep the families of hospitalized children together, allowing families to eat, sleep and find the emotional support they need – just blocks from the hospital.

About Annie’s Fun

“Annie’s Fun” (http://www.anniesfun.org) is a non-profit, charitable 501(c)(3) organization located in the Pacific Northwest that was formed by Blaine Hirai and the Hirai family in 2005 to help those in need. The primary mission of Annie’s Fun is to help children, minorities, and economically disadvantaged communities.

About McCain Foods USA

McCain Foods USA, Inc., the United States subsidiary of McCain Foods Limited, has four major potato processing facilities and seven other manufacturing operations in eight states. McCain Foods Limited is a privately owned Canadian multinational manufacturer of frozen and non-frozen food products with more than 55 plant operations on six continents.

For more information, please contact Lisa Mitchell, Director of Capital Campaign of the RMHC-CNI at lmitchell@rmhccni.org or 630-623-8294; Blaine Hirai or Pat Boss of Annie’s Fun at giving@anniesfun.org or 509-693-7811; Tim Nevins of McCain Foods at tim.nevins@mccain.com or 630-730-7702.

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SOURCE Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland & Northwest Indiana

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